Disney’s latest animated feature film “The Princess and The Frog” took in an estimated $25 million at the box office this weekend. A healthy number for Disney’s return to hand drawn animation, but not blockbuster numbers either. Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and “Finding Nemo” each opened with $70 million, but those were summer films.
Regardless, I don’t think Disney has anything to worry about as this was a slow box office weekend and, having seen the film today, I can say that this frog has legs. Once word gets out that this film has the heart and the sort of good story telling that’s been missing from Disney’s most recent animation, “The Princess and The Frog” should rake in big money throughout the rest of the year.
I saw the film at a birthday party with 25 first graders, so my complete attention wasn’t exactly on the film all the time. But what I was able to catch certainly reminded me of the sort of story telling that Disney was known for in the Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast, and The Lion King. Not the traditional telling of how the girl gets her prince, but a lot of fun is had and some important life lessons are learned. That part seemed a bit like Disney was retreading the same of tire, but for a first return to hand-drawn animation, it was a good start.
Hopefully, I’ll get to watch the film again soon and be a bit more complete in my review. In the meantime, if you’ve seen “The Princess and The Frog” what did you think?